We have all, at one time or another, asked God for a sign - a clear, direct indication of the choice we should make or an affirmation that we are on the right path. We cannot see with concrete knowing into the future and we cannot guarantee our circumstances, so we turn in our desperate moments to beg for some confirmation we can rely on.
This is the tricky thing about having faith. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) states "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." In this scripture, God gives us the two things we ask of Him in times of uncertainty: confidence and assurance. He plainly states the attainment of these is defined by our faith.
When faced with a difficult decision in which I must rely on faith, I always think of Gideon. Gideon, a biblical military leader, represents all the human afflictions of doubt, uncertainty, and well-meaning intentions. He wants to do God's will, he just isn't sure what exactly that is. He thinks he has a good idea, but he wants confirmation from God before he acts. In Judges 6:36 - 40 (NIV), Gideon kneels at his bedside and states what he believes God wants - for his troops to save Israel. First, he asks God to confirm this by making the fleece blanket he lays out wet. He finds the next morning God has done just that. The next night, Gideon changes the request, asking God to make the fleece dry. God obliges. All the while, though Gideon reversed the conditions of his assurance, God's will did not change. Gideon knew from the beginning, in his heart and by his faith, what the answer would be, even as he stated it aloud and asked for evidence.
Often when we lay our questions before God, just as Gideon laid out his fleece, it isn't that we do not know what He wants for our lives. What we are really asking for is confidence and assurance that our day to day decisions will keep us closely aligned with this overall plan. But as Hebrews 11:1 promised, God has already given us these things through our faith.
Today I pray for confidence and assurance through my faith, that all things work together in accordance of God’s will. Instead of looking for a concrete sign, let me rely on faith for God’s unchanging will for my life.